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With Apple posting record profits amid zooming sales of iPhones and iPads, CEO Steve Jobs declared victory over main rival and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM).
“We have now passed RIM, and I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable feature,” Jobs told the Canadian media in a conference call after Apple’s astounding results Monday.
“We are out to win this one,” Job said.
Jobs also thrashed Google’s Android and its growing market share, something he doesn’t acknowledge of anyway. Surprisingly, he however mentioned of Nokia as a strong and healthy competitor, a company worthy of admiration likewise.
On tablets of other manufacturers, he also said “The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA, dead on arrival,” before also stating “Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small.”
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What it means to the industry of patent lawsuits between these above companies?
This article from Wired extensively covers on every debatable issue. Worth reading for those interested.
In its complaint to US regulator the International Trade Commission (ITC), Apple claimed — and continues to claim — that Taiwan-based HTC is infringing patents related to the iPhone’s user interface, hardware and software design. Apple named 12 phones that use this technology: of those, five also use Google’s Android operating system, and seven also use Microsoft Windows mobile software.
Apple’s reward, if this claim proves successful: the importation and selling of these devices would be prevented in the US. “We are not a party to this lawsuit,” a Google spokesperson tells Wired. “However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.” Apple told Wired that it has a policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation. Although it is investigating Apple’s claims, the ITC has yet to express an opinion.
HTC, the world’s fifth-largest manufacturer of smartphones, says it first heard of Apple’s intentions when it saw the press release. “It’s part of business,” HTC’s chief executive, Peter Chou, responds. “We need to face it and everyone can talk it through.” HTC, however, is not the only adversary in the sights of Apple’s lawyers: the company is also suing Nokia, claiming infringement of 13 of its patents. In this case, however, it was Nokia that fired the first salvo in October 2009, when it claimed that Apple had infringed more than ten of its patents related to Wi-Fi, GSM and 3G wireless technology — infringements that cover all models of the iPhone.
Nokia had already licensed the same technologies to several dozen other companies and had been in protracted, unsuccessful, negotiations with Apple. “Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation,” says Ilkka Rahnasto, vice-president of legal and intellectual property at Nokia. “The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies that contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for. Apple is also expected to follow this principle.” Rahnasto adds that, during the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately €40bn (£36.2bn) on research and development.
Head over to Wired for the full 3-page article.